Mangoush Takes Part in a Trilateral Meeting with Cavusoglu and Bartolo on Libya-Turkey-Malta Relations – Al Marsad

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, discussed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) Najla al-Mangoush ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries, followed by a trilateral meeting which included the Foreign Minister of Malta.

(Libya, 13 April 2021) – According to Anadolu Agency, the meeting took place on the sidelines of the official visit by Prime Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdul Hamid Dbaiba and his delegation of ministers, who visited Turkey on Monday for bilateral talks.

Cavusoglu, in a post in his official Twitter account, said that they confirmed during the meeting their joint determination to strengthen friendship and cooperation between Turkey and Libya.

He said, “Me with my sister Najla Mangoush ahead of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council 1st Meeting.”

He also said that they shared a commitment to strengthening Turkey-Libya friendship and cooperation. “Our support to brotherly Libya during this historic process will continue,” added Cavusoglu.


Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush also took part in a meeting between the foreign ministers of Turkey and Malta.

According to the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the the trilateral meeting with al-Mangoush and the Foreign Minister of Malta, Evarist Bartolo of Malta, they said they would “continue to support peace, stability and reconstruction in Libya”, and will continue cooperate for “permanent peace and security in Mediterranean, including fight against irregular migration.”

Since signing the maritime delineation and security MOUs with Fayez Sarraj on 27 November 2019, Turkey has deployed its forces in Libya and transferred over 15,000 Syrian mercenaries with links to terrorist groups to support the former GNA government and Islamist forces. The MOU was never ratified by the Libyan House of the Representatives (HoR) who affirmed that it was an illegal agreement.
It is not clear whether the GNU Foreign Minister, or Prime Minister Dbaiba, raised both the matter of the lack of validity of the maritime sovereignty agreement or the need for Turkey to comply with stipulations of the 5+5 Joint Military Agreement, along with the demands by Libyans and the international community, for all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave Libya.